Monday, 31 October 2016

Summing up October.

Well it has been a month since I last posted!  Where does the time go?  We had a lovely week on the Isle of Wight with our older son and his fiancee at the beginning of October.  They then left to spend three weeks in her home, Nepal. Our son comes home briefly for a couple of days in a couple of weeks before joining his next ship.

We couldn't have hoped for better weather for our week away - it was a first for us to have good weather on holiday on this country - the last time we had nice weather on holiday in the UK was 2000!  Just a few of the photos I took while there.

I have been enjoying pottering in the garden, sewing and knitting the last couple of weeks which has been nice.

The garden is of course in constant need of attention at the moment, raking up leaves, and bringing in the apple harvest.  One of our trees produced especially well this year.  Bug free, very tasty apples.  I picked them all a couple of days ago.  I will cool store some and probably lightly stew the rest and maybe juice a few and freeze into cubes for smoothies.  Some of the roses are still producing some beautiful blooms.

To my delight we got a flock of Gold Finch visit the garden the other day.  First time we have had more than the odd lone bird.  This is just a few of them.  I would guess we had about 10 - 15 birds..  I hope they come back again!

Our Maple is changing colour.

What a difference a couple of days makes!

While raking the leaves I saw this fellow

When we got back from the Isle of Wight this flower had made an appearance in my salad vegetable box!

My pain levels have been pretty bad, but they are the same regardless of what I do, so trying to just get on with things.  Not always easy and some days I let it get the better of me, and other days I can just get on with things.  

I had a big change round of our lounge today as our settee just isn't giving me the support I need anymore - we either need to get it re-sprung and re-upholstered, or say goodbye to it, which we are actually reluctant to do as we can sit in it nicely whereas a lot of the new ones we see today you can't sit in them properly - the seat part is too long, backs are often not high enough, or feet don't touch the ground.

Rather an eclectic mix of things!

The guinea pigs have also had some long needed attention the other week, baths, nails clipped and I am slowly working on clearing out their shed which has become somewhat of a dumping ground. Still work to do, but trying to pace myself and work in stages.  

I have also been working on clearing and sorting cupboards in the kitchen.  The first corner cupboard was done yesterday.

I found some more Tupperware containers in the local charity shop for 49p each, and they match some of my others so they came home with me.  The next cupboard will be the 'baking' cupboard, so I can fill these containers. 

Our spa pool has stopped working - the pump seems to have malfunctioned which is a bit of disaster for me as I was using it pretty much everyday before we went away.  Not sure what we are going to do is out of warranty because it took so long to set up!  

The clocks changed back yesterday ... I am not a fan of winter, cold dark mornings and afternoons...but am going to 'ignore' the change in time for a while and continue as before, I wake up at silly o'clock anyway when it is pitch black which is hard, but once awake, the pain kicks in so I have to get up.

Well need to get on with dinner now, so over and out until next time!


  1. What a lovely long post! I enjoyed all the photos, esp. the holiday ones.
    You managed so well considering you were in constant pain. Too bad about your spa pool. I hope it's just a small job to get it fixed.
    We go off DST this weekend and I'm not looking forward to it. Like you I wake up very early and now it will be even earlier. Wish we could just stay on one time and be done with it.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it. We had such a lovely time on the IOW.

      I hope the winter is good to you.

      I must get round a few blogs as well and catch up!

  2. Well it's good to see you back and catch up. I've been missing a lot of Blogland too because I've been pulling the house to bits and gallivanting in England and Glasgow. You have shown a beautiful set of photos (you always do, of course) but a couple reminded me of time past. The teasels reminded me of my childhood when we always seemed to have some in a vase. The yellow Tupperware container is identical to one I had for many years (and perhaps still have somewhere). I do hope you solve the problem of the pump because anything that gives you pain relief has to be a priority. And perhaps we'll have a benign winter!

    1. Thank you Graham. I need to try and catch up with posts! Trying to just get things done. We are hoping to sell in the new year so much to be done and sorted.

      Yes, I hope we solve the pump problem, as yes it should be a priority, but other things always tend to get in the way. I too hope it will be a benign winter!

      It is a glorious, although cold morning today.


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